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M. Tennis – Cavaliers headed to national tournament

04/23/13

M. Tennis – Cavaliers headed to national tournament

OVERLAND PARK, KS – The Johnson County Community College men’s tennis team, earned its 30th trip to the NJCAA National Tournament with their runner-up finish at the Region VI Championships last weekend in Wichita, Kan. The Cavaliers reached the championship match in seven of the nine brackets, and came away champion in three. 

In singles play, five of the six players reached the final. Freshman Spartack Rahachou led the way, winning the No. 1 bracket. He opened with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Justin Pena of Seward County. It was the second time in a week he had defeated Pena. Rahachou secured the title with an impressive straight set win over Cowley’s Jack Busby, 7-5, 6-4. He had lost a tough three-set match to Busby earlier in the year. 

Sophomore Michael Draper also captured a region title by breezing through the No. 6 bracket. Draper opened with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dominic Murray of Hesston, and closed out the bracket with a 0 and 0 win over Carlos Rodriguez of Cowley. The two wins upped Draper’s season record to 13-4 overall. 

Three other Cavaliers placed second in the region. Sophomore Daniel De Zamacona at No. 2, freshman Pedro Garcia at No. 3, and freshman Joe Rustemeyer at No. 5 all reached the final, only to fall in the their championship matches to a player from Cowley College, this year’s team champion.  Sophomore Olivier Nimmegeers recorded a third place finish at No. 4 singles. 

The No. 3 doubles team of Nimmegeers and sophomore Andrew Konetzni captured a region championship by downing Cowley’s No. 3 team in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5. They reached the championship with a 6-2, 6-1 over Hesston. 

The No. 2 team of De Zamacona and Rustemeyer lost their title match, and the No. 1 team of Garcia and Rahachou settled for third place.

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For schedules, rosters, and other team information, go to www.jccc.edu/cavs.